Visit MACo’s COVID-19 Resources Webpage

Did you know MACo has a COVID-19 webpage with county, state, federal, and NACo resources? MACo has collected resources from multiple levels of government to help counties stay informed and further educate constituents. Please feel free to share resources that are helpful to you. Find Maryland COVID-19 cases by county data, each county's COVID resource page, updates from state government offices, a list of testing and vaccination sites, federal guidelines for recovery, and much more.…

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Cecil Opens Second Round of Online Sales & Telework Grants

The Cecil County Office of Economic Development is accepting applications for a second round of the County’s Online Sales & Telework Grant to help local businesses establish or expand online sales and telework. “Thankfully, our small businesses have done a tremendous job weathering COVID. However, many are still in recovery mode,” said County Executive Danielle Hornberger. “This grant will continue to support recovery by helping our businesses cover some of their expenses related to online…

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A Post-COVID Perspective on Public Health Resources, Responses

In a recent interview with Governing Magazine, Brian Castrucci, CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation, outlined several measures needed to protect public health in a post-COVID future.  The Governing article discusses the need for collective action to prevent future public health crises, noting "the pandemic has cost the U.S. $16 trillion — an amount equal to 90 percent of the country’s annual GDP." Dr. Castrucci leads the de Beaumont Foundation, a Bethesda-based nonprofit that focuses on…

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Bowie State University Awarded Nearly $10 M in ARPA Funds to Improve Health IT, COVID Data Collection

Bowie State University was recently awarded $9,899,758 in American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funding to improve COVID-19 data collection and boost participation of underrepresented communities in the public health workforce through the Public Health Information and Technology (PHIT) Workforce program. The nearly $10 million in funding is awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the American Rescue Plan. According to a Bowie State University press release: The university is one of 10…

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Treasury Updates ARPA Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is extending the deadline for counties to submit the first round of Project and Expenditure reports for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) Program provides a substantial infusion of resources to communities working to turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery. Counties that receive funding from the…

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State Announces $135 Million in Emergency Rental Assistance Funding

On September 30th, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced $135 million will be made available to assist 15,000 renters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be distributed through DHCD's Emergency Rental Assistance Program with $65.7 million in state program spending and $69.4 million in direct relief apportioned by local jurisdiction. DHCD elaborated on the program's focus in a press release: “The basis of our program, which was built in consultation with…

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State to Award Additional $155 M in Child Care Stabilization Grants

Today, Governor Larry Hogan announced that an additional $155 million in Child Care Stabilization Grants will be distributed to licensed child care centers and registered family child care providers across Maryland to help ease the financial burdens of COVID-19.  The grants (which are federal funds) are part of the $309 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) relief funding for investment in the State’s child care system to ensure providers are economically stable and that safe, high quality, and affordable…

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Frederick Earns Awards For Actions in COVID-19 Response

Recently, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced the recognition of two County divisions with awards for their COVID-19 Response.  “All across Frederick County Government, our employees have been creatively tackling the challenges presented by COVID,” Executive Gardner said. “We can all be proud of the work being done to make life better for the people who call Frederick County home.” According to a County press release: The Frederick County Health Department’s outreach campaign to help…

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ARPA Explained: A Recap of MACo’s 2021 Fall Symposium

On Wednesday, September 29, MACo held its 2021 Fall Symposium at the Blue Heron Center in Annapolis's Quiet Waters Park. Numerous county leaders, including several elected officials and local budget officers, traveled from across Maryland to discuss the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) with state officials and nonprofit representatives, as well as one another. The Rural Maryland Council also presented on the expansion of broadband in rural communities. The event was moderated by Chris Trumbauer, former…

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